The government was accused yesterday of misleading the public in an attempt to drum up support for its bid to host the Asian Games in 2023. The Home Affairs Bureau has set up booths in Times Square in Causeway Bay and at the Asia World-Expo where people are urged to 'Show your smile to support Hong Kong's athletes' while having their photograph taken for free. However, when the picture is printed it includes a line under the subject's face that says: 'Support Hong Kong's bid to host the 2023 Asian Games.' Legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said this was misleading as people would associate the call to support our athletes with those taking part in the current Asian Games being held in Guangzhou. 'The government should use a more transparent and honest way of collecting public opinion. It should not manipulate people to support the bidding for the Games,' he said. The government is struggling to convince lawmakers and sections of the public to support the bid even after slashing the budget from the original range of HK$13.7 billion to HK$14.5 billion, to around HK$6 billion earlier this month. Cheng's assistant Yau Man-chun said he had led a tour group to the Asia World-Expo to see the animated version of painting Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival and a number of people had had their pictures taken at the booth. 'Some were very angry after seeing the photos and tore them up. They think the booth is misleading,' he said. Tuesday's press release on the government's website said the booths 'aimed to encourage the public to pledge their support for Hong Kong's athletes, including those who are taking part in the Guangzhou Asian Games'. A bureau spokeswoman said of the six photo frames participants could choose from, four had words supporting the Asian Games bid. Those who did not support the bid could choose the other two, she said.